Atypical Myopathy

Sycamore poisoning - Atypical Myopathy                                                                                

Atypical myopathy is a potentially fatal muscle disease caused by ingestion of a toxin (Hypoglycin A) that is found in sycamore seeds, seedlings and leaves in the UK.  The toxin stops muscle cells from working properly resulting in a wide range of signs including: weakness, muscle tremors,reluctance to move, colic, choke, dark urine, reluctance to lift head, elevated breathing rate, recumbency and sometimes sudden death. IF YOU THINK YOUR HORSE MAY BE SHOWING SYMPTOMS PLEASE CONTACT THE CLINIC ON 01642 723132.

The disease can develop very quickly and early supportive therapy from a vet is essential. Treatment is largely supportive with intravenous fluids and pain relief ideally given in a hospital environment if possible. Supplementary vitamins and minerals have also been found to be beneficial.  The toxin prevents the horse’s body from utilising nutrients that would normally allow muscles to function properly, especially the muscles that are used for breathing, standing and movement, but also the heart muscle. Affected horses often have dark, reddish urine because of the breakdown of muscle tissue, which is excreted through the kidneys. Eventually breathing difficulties and heart problems result in death or euthanasia.  Even despite early treatment some cases do not recover.

Diagnosis is based on clinical examination, detection of reddish/brown urine, environmental evidence of sycamore trees local to grazing and laboratory analysis of blood for muscle enzymes and the toxin, (available through the Royal Veterinary College’s specialised neuromuscular laboratory.)

The levels of the toxin, (Hypoglycin A), can vary from seed to seed and tree to tree so advice for prevention includes;

  • Checking fields carefully for Sycamore leaves and seeds and fencing off areas where they have fallen
  • Hoover-up/pick up sycamore seeds off the pasture
  • Turning horses out horses for shorter periods
  • Provide extra forage (hay or haylage) especially where pasture is poor
  • Reducing stocking density so there is plenty of good grazing for every horse 

When a case is seen or suspected,field mates should be removed from the pasture and blood tested to see whether they too have muscle damage and could be developing the disease. Provision of antioxidants, B vitamins and amino acid supplements may be worthwhile in these cases. Unfortunately outbreaks of disease are common. For more information on atypical myopathy please contact the clinic.


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Theraplate and Weight Clinic

Theraplate and Weight Clinic

Saturday 30th November 2019 

Join us at Hambleton Equine Clinic for a trial Theraplate session and/or an equine weight clinic on Saturday November 30th.

Wave Vortex Circulation Therapy claims to promote remodelling of bone tissue, activating bone-building cells and suppressing the activity of cells that break down bone. Whilst the science of this is widely debated, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest this is beneficial in a number of scenarios including rehabilitation, post surgery and box rest *. You can read more about Theraplate, by clinking on this link. Spear Theraplate.

We will be hosting Spear Theraplate at the clinic with their Theraplate unit where they will be offering 30 minute sessions at a discounted rate. There will be a vet on hand for sedation if this is required. 

We are also offering an opportunity to talk about weight and nutrition. Your horse or pony will be weighed on our weigh bridge and our vet will be available to discuss weight management alongside a professional from one of the top feed companies.

Need a vaccine at the same time? This is the ideal opportunity to get this all done.

*Please note Hambleton Equine Clinic does not endorse any third party products, processes or equipment.

Please call 01642 723132 to book your appointment, you will need to let us know if you wish to take advantage of a trial Theraplate session (£24 for 30 minutes + cost of sedation as needed) and if you'd like a weight clinic appointment (which is free). Vaccinations will be charged at our usual rate. We will book on a first come first served basis. 


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Stokesley Show 2019

Hambleton Equine will be at the Stokesley Show on September 11th 2019 at the Stokesley Showground.  

Find out all about the show here

Come to see us to learn about the exciting work we do both at the clinic and out as ambulatory vets. We will have vets and equine dental technicians on the stand and will be happy to answer any questions you have about your horse.

There's plenty to do for everyone. Come and ride Horatio our rocking horse and learn about surgeries that we undertake at the hospital. Could you match a surgery to the part of the horse that we operate on?

Show offers

Goodie Bags

We have hundreds of free goodie bag packed with information about horse care to give away at the stand.

Joint Supplement

Have you considered giving your horse a joint supplement? Buy or order your 2.75Kg tub of premium Joint Supplement and you will receive a 400g starter tub Free.  You can take away a tub (subject to availability at the show ground) or pick one up from the practice the following week if you don't want to carry it around. Cash only at the showground but cards taken at the practice. 

New clients

Are you considering becoming a client at Hambleton Equine Clinic? The first 50 new clients who sign up at the show will recieve a 10% discount on their total invoice for their first visit on a zone day. 


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New! Saturday Clinics

Next Saturday Clinic

August - Equine Dental and Vaccination Clinic

By popular demand we are now running clinics on a Saturday once a month, aimed at clients who struggle to find time for routine appointments during the week. We are now taking appointments for a clinic oat the end of August. Bring your horse to Hambleton Equine Clinic for routine dental appointments and vaccinations. 

To see find out more about the importance of equine dentistry click here.

To book an appointment or find out more about pricing and options, call our reception team.


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New! Overground Video Endoscopy now available

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Overground Video Endoscopy services for the diagnosis and analysis of airway function while the horse is in motion 

Overground Endoscopy (OEG) is an advanced imaging service used to look at airwway problems that may happen when the horse is exercising. It is often used to diagnose issues when the horse is suffering from poor performance, poor post-exercise recovery or generates an unsual respiratory noise during exercise.

Please call the clinic to discuss this with a veterinary surgeon and we will be pleased to book an appointment to conduct the investigation. 

Find out more here: Overground Endoscopy

 


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Next Saturday Dental Clinic

Next Saturday Clinic

Saturday 22nd June - Equine Dental and Vaccination Clinic

By popular demand we are now running clinics on a Saturday once a month, aimed at clients who struggle to find time for routine appointments during the week. We are now taking appointments for a clinic on Saturday 22nd June. Bring your horse to Hambleton Equine Clinic for routine dental appointments and vaccinations. 

To see find out more about the importance of equine dentistry click here.

To book an appointment or find out more about pricing and options, call our reception team.


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CPD - EVDA Practical Roadshow

FIELD RADIOGRAPHY & EXTRACTION

When ? - 10th May 2019 

Where ? -  Hambleton Equine Clinic

Hambleton Equine Clinic are delighted to host one of the EVDA CPD events that they are holding around the UK and Ireland focusing on dental radiography, and extraction of loose, aged and wolf teeth in the field. There will be a combination of lectures, discussion, film readings and wet labs aimed at equine and mixed veterinary practitioners dealing with equine dental disorders.

The course would be suitable to all clinician recently beginning their equine veterinary career and those experienced clinicians wishing to expand their repertoire into the field of equine dentistry. The aim is to provide all delegates with the skills to take diagnostic radiographs of the head and teeth, and interpret them with confidence. Removal of wolf teeth will be covered in both the lectures and practical sessions; detailing safe, efficient and complete extraction techniques. Extraction of loose and aged teeth will be covered in a similar way and give the delegate the armoury to tackle these scenarios in patients were referral is not an option.

Costs £250 EVDA Members / £300 Non-members

EVDA Membership costs £45 and lasts until Congress 2020
EVDA Scrub top included in Wetlab cost for EVDA members

Bookings should be made via the EVDA Facebook event here:  Facebook EVDA Events

 


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The importance of Equine Dentistry

Equine Dentistry

Routine Dentistry and Dental Treatment

Poor dental health is a very common condition in our horses, ponies and donkeys, and can be a cause of severe and chronic pain and poor performance.

Equine dentistry has moved on in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Thankfully we now know much more about equine dental disease and the best ways to prevent and treat it.

At Hambleton Equine Clinic we strive to be at the forefront of modern equine dentistry. From routine checks to advanced dental surgery, our clinicians are experienced and committed to ensuring the dental health of your animal.

The majority of horse owners know that regular dental checks are an essential part of your horse or pony’s routine healthcare. Many horse owners will not know however, just why the routine ‘rasp’ and regular check is necessary.

A horse’s teeth are very different to your own, constantly being worn down by chewing, but also constantly ‘erupting’ throughout its life. Anatomical differences, modern feeding practices and normal age-related changes mean that because of this constant eruption teeth can wear improperly, causing painful sharp points, displacements and overgrowths. Just like in human teeth, other disease processes can also affect horses’ teeth, and if not noted and treated can cause your horse long-term chronic pain and suffering.

Regular checks every 6-12 months help to ensure that problems are identified quickly and avoided where possible. 

Did you know?

  • Studies have shown dental disease to be present in over 50% of horses
  • Dental problems lead to pain, weight-loss, poor-performance, behavioural problems and illness such as colic and infection.

Dental services at Hambleton Equine Clinic

At Hambleton Equine Clinic we provide a thoroughly modern dental service. The latest equipment and techniques used mean that, from your horse’s routine check to a more involved surgical treatment, we are offering you and your horse the best possible service.

Our dental team includes James Marshall who leads the veterinary side of dental treatment, and Mark Thorne, who has been well known and respected in the field of equine dentistry for many years. Surgery is performed by our lead surgeon Phil Cramp, a European and American Specialist in Equine Surgery. 

Our use of oral endoscopy, our expertise in advanced treatments and extractions, as well as our ability to offer endodontic treatment (fillings) mean that we provide the best possible solutions for your horse’s dental problems.

Dental referrals at Hambleton Equine Clinic

We are happy to accept referrals from other vets or equine dental technicians for further work-up or treatment. From diastema treatment, to extractions or sinus surgery. We can offer a full range of dental referral services from our clinic.

Treating vets or EDTs are welcome to contact us by phone or e-mail (dentistry@hambleton-equine.co.uk), or may fill in the referral form on our website. We are also happy to offer telephone advice about cases or review radiographs for clinicians. 

Wherever possible, dental charts and clinical history should be sent along with any referral.

Booking your routine dental appointment

We offer convenient appointment times at excellent value. Our zone visit scheme extends to routine dental appointments, meaning free visits can be arranged to your yard. Discounts are also available when several horses are seen on the same yard.

We have also introduced a monthly dental clinic on a Saturday for those clients that struggle to find time during the week. These clinics are based at our practice near Great Ayton and are dentistry-focused, but will also include vaccinations, general health checks and weight checks on our weighbridge.

To book an appointment or find out more about pricing and options, call our reception team.


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Mark Thorne joins Hambleton Equine

Mark Thorne joins Hambleton Equine full time

April 1st 2019

Hambleton Equine Clinic is delighted to announce that Mark Thorne BAEDT will be joining the practice on a full time basis from April 1st 2019. Mark is a highly respected Equine Dental Technician with 30 years of experience. He is a full member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians, and Examiner in Equine Dentistry for BEVA/BVDA examinations.

Mark will be on the road four days a week. He will have a vet with him for three days a week to enable us to provide sedated dentistry services of the highest quality. We will also be running a dental clinic at the Practice on Thursday each week where Mark and James will be available for dental procedures. You can find information about our dental zone visits (Mondays and Wednesdays) here https://www.hambleton-equine.co.uk/dental-zones-.html.

Mark’s full time appointment underlines our continual growth as an independent practice and our commitment to exceptional equine care.


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Hambleton Equine Clinic
The Paddock, Stanley Grange,
Great Ayton, North Yorkshire
TS9 6QD

Tel: 01642 723132
E-Mail: info@hambleton-equine.co.uk
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A leading Hospital offering the highest standards of clinical skills and nursing care.